PORTLAND --A Gresham middle school teacher was sentenced Tuesday to 300 months in prison after pleading no contest to two counts of sodomy Thursday.

John Beasley, a teacher at Hauton B. Lee Middle School, was first arrested on rape and sodomy charges, said Lt. Mike Marshman of the Portland Police Bureau. He added that Beasley and the victims knew each other and no students were involved in the charges.

Marshman said the victims were under 18 years old and the investigation does not appear to be related to the school. Beasley was placed on paid leave from his position as a middle school math teacher.

Principal Dan Kimbrow sent out a statement to parents Thursday that reads, in part:

This letter is to inform you that we learned that Mr. John Beasley was arrested by the Portland Police Bureau and charged with six crimes related to sex abuse or acts on September 18, 2013. At this time, we do not have any reason to believe any Reynolds School District children were involved in these charges.

At this time, we do not have any additional information. We will keep you informed with additional facts. If you have any relevant information to the case, please contact the non-emergency police line at (503) 823-3333.

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